Monday, October 5, 2009

Winter Coats For Boys: Parkas to Duffle Coats

For many of us, it is that time of year again. Time to look for a new winter coat for one or all of our children. Wow, there are so many coats to choose from, so many different styles and really so many price points. Good news, there are a lot of quality options. Where to start? I recommend picking a price point and style. After lots of browsing and plenty of experience, here are my choices for boys' winter coats. My focus was on warm winter coats, not lighter weight fleeces and jackets. What are your favorites, we would love to hear ?!

Coat #1: The Sure Thing. Patagonia Kids' Down Coat $125. My personal favorite and an essential for the boys. Comfortable, durable, washable and a good overall value. Does require layering for skiing. For a more serious jacket, try Patagonia's Kids' Puffer Rider Jacket $150 and Kids' Snow Patrol Jacket $200.

Coat #2: The Hooded Explorer. I love the big hoods for boys, warm and fun. Here is the Crewcuts Boys' Snorkel Jacket $138. The Northface Boys McMurdo Parka looks particularly warm too, $199.

Coat #3: The Deal: Lands End Boys Sport Squall Parka was $69.50, now $59.50. Wish everyone had temperature ratings to guide buying. (This one suited for temps -10 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit). Also, really like Mini Boden's Padded Jacket with fleece lining for $64.

Coat #4: The Dressier Classic. Papo d'Anjo Duffle Coat $229. Italian wool herringbone with so many colors from which to choose. Many duffle (or toggle) coats out there, but this one is a great value.

Coat #5: The More Rugged. Diesel Jacito was $119, now $89.25 at Saks. Like the military look. Looks warm, but certainly not the warmest.


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